Lookup NU author(s): Amita Jatkar,
Emeritus Professor Barbara Brown,
Professor John Bythell,
Dr Reia Guppy,
Dr Nick Morris,
Professor Jeffrey Pearson
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The gel-forming properties of mucus are closely related to its functioning; although there is limited information available relating to coral mucus gels. The present study investigates coral mucus glycoprotein using rheological methods. We demonstrate the presence of a high-molecular-weight polymeric glycoprotein similar to that found in vertebrates, capable of forming a gel. The milked mucus exuded mostly from the oral cavity of corals is not a gel; however, it does show a tendency to form a gel upon concentration. Such results indicate the potential for corals to produce two different kinds of mucus, each potentially capable of performing different functions.
Author(s): Jatkar AA, Brown BE, Bythell JC, Guppy R, Morris NJ, Pearson JP
Publication type: Article
Print publication date: 03/03/2010
ISSN (print): 1525-7797
ISSN (electronic): 1526-4602
Publisher: American Chemical Society
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